Tag Archives: aging

Hospice Care

“Are We There Yet?” March 24, 2016 Eight of us stuffed into two bench seats. No air conditioning. Squabbling in the back seat summoned The voice from the front seat, The voice behind the steering wheel: “Do you want me … Continue reading

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Disappearing Babies

The value of babies is plummeting in the West and on the Pacific Rim. Multiple children have become a liability, a social sign of failure, and an impediment to hope. When life centers on self, babies disappear. In Germany, urban … Continue reading

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Thx God 4 My Body

Bodies are undependable, and today I have learned to be doubly thankful for mine. At lunch today an 80-something friend told me how his prayers focus on thanksgiving because he has so much to be thankful for. He is grateful … Continue reading

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Community: The Blind Spot of Snobbery

Why would anyone disrespect an 85-year-old who writes five columns per week at a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper? Snobs make me smile except when they are mean like this. In their quest for popularity or prestige, they miss the joys of … Continue reading

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Mortality Stinks

My smartest move as a dad was to have my youngest son born three days before my birthday. My birthday has now been completely overshadowed. That’s fine with me. As a wise eight-year-old, my boy explained to me on his … Continue reading

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Promotion, Promotion, Promotion, Promotion

I celebrated four promotions today—from comic to cosmic. Three in schoolyards and one in a graveyard. Fifteen four- and five-year-olds were comically adorable in their Holy Cross Preschool promotion this morning. They are on their way to the grand adventure … Continue reading

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Off the Couch

In October 2009 I climbed off the couch. I stretched and stretched and stretched. I psyched myself up. I recalled days of yore when I ran over hills, across meadows, and around the asphalt track again and again and again … Continue reading

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